Suspect in Custody After Four Injured in Texas High School Shooting

Police have taken an 18-year-old student into custody after a shooting at a high school in Texas injured at least four people on Oct. 6.

Suspected gunman Timothy George Simpkins turned himself in after initially fleeing the scene at Timberview High School in Arlington, according to Assistant Police Chief Kevin Kolbye.

Arlington Police said that Simpkins has been charged with multiple counts of aggravated assault with a gun.

At least four people were injured in the shooting — two of them were believed to be shot and three of them were taken to the hospital, including a 15-year-old boy in critical condition, police said.

A 25-year-old man was also among the injured but was in good condition, police said.

According to Kolbye, calls of the shooting came in at around 9:15 a.m.

The school building was put into lockdown, then cleared hours later with students being escorted to buses to reunite with their parents at the Center for Performing Arts.

Kolbye said that the shooting was “not a random act of violence,” but started when “a student who got into a fight drew a weapon” on the second floor of the school.

“More than two or three shots” were fired, Kolbye said.

Officers could not say how the suspect brought the gun into the building.

Police believe a handgun found in the streets of nearby Grand Prairie was used in the shooting.

The Dallas Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is expected to run ballistics on the weapon, Kolbye said.

The school cancelled all classes and activities on Oct. 6 to 7 and said that counseling services will remain available.


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